BY BEVERLY DONOFRIO
In this companion to “Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary,” critically acclaimed author Beverly Donofrio crafts a fun and enchanting picture book with “Where’s Mommy?” This exquisitely illustrated book follows the worlds of two generations of mice and humans as they happily collide!
One night, as Maria (Mary’s daughter) lies in her twin bed and her friend Mouse Mouse (Mouse’s daughter) lies in her clothespin bed, they both realize at the very same time that their mothers have not kissed them good night.
Maria calls “Oh, Mom?” while Mouse Mouse calls, “Oh, Mommy?” Nobody answers. So both Maria and Mouse Mouse go looking for their moms.
The moms are not in their bedrooms, their car and cart are still in the driveway, and they are not in the gazebo or under the mushroom! Where could they be?
‘SAY IT AIN’T SO’
BY JOSH BERK
Josh Berk’s popular character’s from “Strike Three, You’re Dead,” Lenny and the Mikes, return in “Say It Ain’t So” — this time to tackle the seedy underbelly of middle-school Little League.
Lenny, Mike and Other Mike are back in school for the glory that is seventh grade, and this year, Mike is determined to make catcher on the middle-school team. When Mike’s hard work pays off and he wins the coveted position, Lenny is a little jealous, but he’ll settle for being the team’s unofficial announcer.
The team has a brilliant new pitcher, Hunter Ashwell, and though he’s a bit of a jerk, he and Mike have a great pitcher/catcher dynamic that could make the team champions.
But things take a strange turn when Hunter’s perfect pitching streak goes downhill, and Lenny suspects foul play — specifically, someone stealing Mike’s catcher signals. But who could be responsible, and why?
Fans of the sports of Mike Lupica and the humor of Wimpy Kid will devour Berk’s latest action-packed read.